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Super excited- but don't read or speak French - Am I in trouble?

I ended up with a heaping plate of veal kidneys in Bologna, when the server kept assuring me (in Italian- realize this is a tangent reply to the thread) that I was certainly, most absolutely ordering veal ;-) He was right, I guess!

Jan 28, 2011
phoenikia in Not About Food

Black Forest Cake

Haven't been, but Fabian's has been recommended on this Board in the past.
http://fabianscafe.com/index.php?sect...

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Fabian's
876 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1H, CA

Jan 27, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Munich - looking for approach to eating there

I've stayed downtown anytime I've visited over the last 10 years, so I'm not too familiar with the residential neighbourhoods. That being said, I've had delicious baked goods from bakeries further afield. I think you'll find good bakeries throughout Munich & the more residential areas.

Rischart is a small chain of bakeries in Munich, which has offers reasonably priced pastries, breads and sandwiches. They have take-out and tall tables where you can have a quick bite, as well as a tea room where you can have table service. http://www.rischart.de/
Rischart locations http://www.rischart.de/index.php?entr...

Haven't gone shopping in the residential parts of Munich in a very long time, and I'm not sure which areas would be best for food & restos outside the core. In general, I've been happy with the quality that I've found in grocery stores anytime I've gone shopping in Germany or Austria.

I guess you should also take GM with some salt, just to be safe- apart from Michelin, I'm not aware of another online resource that covers Germany. Hopefully someone else will pipe in!

Jan 27, 2011
phoenikia in Europe

Brix (Richmond Hill)

More like watch out for the married men pretending not to be married at Brix.

Jan 27, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Munich - looking for approach to eating there

I've enjoyed seafood at the Austern Keller ( Oyster Cellar), but I haven't visited recently. http://www.austernkeller.de/

For traditional German food, I like Spatenhaus an der Oper, which is probably the most upscale of the restaurants owned/operated/connected to the major breweries (not sure how that works) with white tablecloths, refined service, etc.. While they serve Spaten beer, they also have wine available. I also have enjoyed meals at the Paulaner. The Ratskeller also serves reasonably good German food at good prices.

If you're craving vegetables, most family-style German restaurants offer a Gemischter Salat (Mixed Salad) that includes half a dozen different salads (carrot salad, cole slaw, bean salad, beets, tomatoes, etc) and sometimes a fried egg (Spiegel Ei). This often is a meal in itself.

Also, most restaurants tend to have a couple soups on the menu, and the soups I've ordered in Germany and Austria tend to be a lot tastier than most soups I've ordered in North America.

Maultaschen is a lighter south German specialty you'll find in some restos in Munich (it's Swabian, but Swabia isn't far from Bavaria)- basically a type of ravioli.

I tend to stick to German food when I'm in Munich, so I'm not much help wrt Turkish or other types of cuisine. That being said, there are a lot of cheap Turkish restos close to the main train station, and their versions of spanakopita/burek/etc always look tempting when I've walked by. Pardi was recommended for Turkish in a previous thread- thought I'd include the link: http://www.pardi-restaurant.de/

Prinz Myshkin is a vegetarian restaurant I haven't tried, but I hope to try it on a future visit to Munich. http://www.prinzmyshkin.com/en

The department stores usually have nice food halls in their lower level. Worth checking out while you're there. Dallmayr is a gourmet food shop & coffee house that is really worth a visit. http://www.dallmayr.com/

Have enjoyed the mushroom soups in the Alps. Also, some parts of the Austrian Alps do great fried chicken (Austrian-style).

One treat I like when I'm visiting the Austrian Alps are the Krapfen from the local bakeries (Berliner donuts usually filled with apricot jam). Many restos also have apricot dumplings.

Second the idea of using Gault Millau. http://www.gaultmillau.de/

I also sometimes use Tripadvisor's restaurant search, but read the reviews w a shaker of salt. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants...

The selection of produce available in mid-June should be amazing. The German markets are nice places to shop during the summer, and many restaurants tend to have seasonal menus, featuring whatever is in its prime.

Jan 27, 2011
phoenikia in Europe

Dessert Trends for lunch or dinner?

Hi SweetSweetPotato, DT is definitely open for business, and most of the tables were full when we left at 9 pm. I enjoyed the Thai pumpkin bouillabaisse- generous amount of seafood.

Will have to try the mushroom soup another time.

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Joso's or Zee Grill?

Haven't dined at Joso's, but they are known for their calamari, grilled fish and squid ink risotto. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753066

I would expect Zee Grill offers more bang for the buck. Zee Grill offers more innovative seafood dishes drawing on inspiration from different cuisines, whereas Joso's offers fairly traditional Croatian/Mediterranean-style seafood.

Atmosphere-wise, Zee Grill seems somewhat cluttered and cozy to me. I really like the desserts I've tried at Zee Grill.

http://www.zeegrill.com/menu.html

http://www.josos.com/menu.html

I'd be more likely to dine at Zee Grill, mostly because I tend to prefer innovative approaches to seafood, rather than more traditional Mediterranean approaches, when I'm dining out.

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Joso's
202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

Zee Grill
641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shakshuka at Aroma - anyone tried it?

Hey peppermint pate, thanks for the clarification.

Sounds like a neat place, esp. for that neck of the woods ;-)

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any good crêperies left in the city?

The crêpes at Chez Suzette were ok when I lunched there 2 years ago, but not worth a detour. The salad that came as part of the prix fixe was marginal, with a commercially made dressing. If I was to dine at Chez Suzette again, I'd just order the crêpes a la carte.

Juliette & Chocolat offers several galettes in addition to their crêpes, but I haven't had a chance to visit. http://www.julietteetchocolat.com/mmm...

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dessert Trends for lunch or dinner?

Thanks, SweetSweetPotato.

I believe they are open for business right now.

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shakshuka at Aroma - anyone tried it?

Thanks so much for everyone's feedback.

peppermint pate, the halumi & chicken sandwiches sound great, as do the salads. Happy to hear their take-out salads are worthwhile. Thanks for mentioning that you sub tahini or evoo + lemon for the dressing- good to know they'll make substitutions.

Sorry for this naive question, but is the "Burekas treat" a bureka stuffed with hard boiled egg, tahini, tomato & pickle, or it a bureka served with egg, tahini, tomato and pickle on the side? Or it something completely different?

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cabbage Cabbage, I love cabbage! Need new recipes

Thanks for posting this link. I hadn't braised cabbage before, and it was a nice change. Will be braising more cabbages this winter.

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Home Cooking

Dessert Trends for lunch or dinner?

Has anyone had dinner at DT Bistro lately? Not sure if the winter 2011 menu has changed from the fall 2010 menu: www.desserttrends.ca/pdf/DTBistro-Din...

Has anyone tried their French Onion Soup, the Wild Mushroom soup, or the Thai Pumpkin Bouillabaise?

TIA.

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shakshuka at Aroma - anyone tried it?

What else have you enjoyed on the menu at the Yonge & Eg Aroma, peppermint pate? Have been meaning to visit. Now I'm curious about the shakshuka, too.

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Aroma Espresso Bar
20 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R, CA

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Gabardine - Rod Bowers' new spot (long)

nice review, TorontoJo ;-)

The Gabardine also serves espresso & cappuccino during the day, so it looks like a great place for a coffee break or a snack if you work in the area. Coffee prices are comparable to Starbucks and The Second Cup. AFAIK, they are open for breakfast M-F at 7:30 a.m., and will be featuring some of Brick St Bakery's baked goods as well as breakfast panini, oatmeal, granola.

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

Jan 26, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Simple Bistro

That's how exactly bistros are supposed to be- good, solid, unremarkable food at reasonable prices. I've never been wowed by the food at any bistros here or in France. That being said, I think Simple is one of the better restaurants in North TO, and I like their brunch a lot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Group of 6 celebrating 30th in Toronto

Second sitting in the better looking Italian waiters' sections, and sticking to the apps & flatbreads. Have also enjoyed their sides & salads. Would skip the pastas, gnocchi & desserts.

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

German/Austrian

Good to know ! ;-) Will mention both restos as choices to my chowfriends.

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

Mari Vanna- Anyone been

Thanks for your comments, foodperestroika- maybe I'll end up trying Russian Samovar if I find myself looking for a meal in Midtown ;-) Wouldn't mind trying their versions of borscht & pelmeni.

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Russian Samovar
256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

Mari Vanna- Anyone been

thanks, TatyanaG ;-) Nice to hear it was a good experience for you & your husband.

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

German/Austrian

Thanks, ellenost ;-) Good to hear that it was a fabulous version of Salzburger Nockerl ;-)

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

Super excited- but don't read or speak French - Am I in trouble?

;-)

France is often referred to as "L'Hexagone", due to its geographic shape. That would be the Hexagon Ptipois is talking about in her reply.

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Not About Food

Super excited- but don't read or speak French - Am I in trouble?

That is why the usage of "Garçon!" is hysterical in the 21st C! ;-)

Is Hexagon the Parisian word for Lexicon?

:-)

Jan 25, 2011
phoenikia in Not About Food

ISO tasty soups somewhere between the Tribeca/Chinatown/LES and 34th Street

thanks, selenster!

neat menu: http://www.bcdtofu.com/menu_eng.php

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BCD Tofu House
17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Legend
88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

Another main dish to serve along with dungeness crab?

Second the ideas of chicken satay & teryaki chicken.

Chinese chicken salad. I realize you mention you'll do other sides of salad, but maybe a main dish salad would work? This recipe's dressing & salad ingredients looks more interesting than most online recipe versions: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Green mango salad with chicken and/or shrimp.

Not sure if the kids are curry-adverse, but if they aren't, red curry chicken or green curry chicken with rice.

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Home Cooking

Super excited- but don't read or speak French - Am I in trouble?

Also hysterical when older women address their middle-aged waiters as "Garçon!".

I almost decked my friend when she tried to get our server's attention with "Garçon!" in Switzerland. What made the experience even more memorable is the fact we were visiting a German-speaking part of Switzerland.

wrt : the usage of Mademoiselle. By mentioning one should be careful with the usage of "Mademoiselle", I'm not encouraging the usage of "Madame". I rarely use either title. When in doubt, I leave it out.

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Not About Food

Yonge/Steeles reco

I like the Greek omelette & home fries at the Fry Basket, my current go-to for a greasy breakfast north of the 401. Haven't tried their fish & chips, which is what they serve at dinner time.

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Fry Basket Fish & Chips
7057 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2A6, CA

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help me decide- Alta, Aldea or the Redhead

It's interesting that you mention the arroz con pato was rancid at Aldea on one of your visits, because the only arroz con pato that I ordered in Porto was also rancid. The experience sort of turned me off the idea of trying more versions of the dish.

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Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan

Russian Cabbage Soup

This recipe inspired me to finally make a sweet and sour cabbage soup. I didn't have short ribs or beef on hand, but I had a can of consomme, a cabbage, tomatoes, brown sugar & white wine vinegar, so I decided to give it a try. Also added 2 carrots, a stalk of celery, some sweet paprika, thyme, caraway & dill. Turned out great, look forward to trying your family's version when I pick up some beef short ribs!

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Home Cooking

help me decide- Alta, Aldea or the Redhead

Thanks for your comments, sam1. Looks like I'll probably do dinner at Aldea with my 30something chowfriend, and do small plates or dinner at Alta or the Redhead with the 20something with less discriminating taste.

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Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Jan 24, 2011
phoenikia in Manhattan